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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, July 30, 2020
In a courtesy call with Gov. Gwen Garcia, PCG Central Visayas offered their new multi-role vessel for the governor’s trip to Siquijor to meet with other Region 7 governors for the planned inter-province tourism. (Lito Tecson)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District Central Visayas offered to ferry Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to Siquijor for a meeting with three other governors in Central Visayas.

Rear Admiral Jose William Isaga, newly-installed commander of PCG District Central Visayas, in a courtesy call with Governor Garcia on Thursday, July 30, said that they are offering a multi-role vessel (MRV) to transport Garcia to Siquijor for a scheduled meeting with Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.

The Central Visayas governors will meet on August to discuss the planned inter-province tourism.

A new MRV from Japan, about 44 meters long, is set to serve the governor to support her initiatives of reviving the tourism sector in Cebu Province, in collaboration with neighboring provinces in Central Visayas by creating a travel corridor from MGCQ to MGCQ zone.

Multi-role vessel is a “long range, high speed patrol ship which can be used for border patrol, command and control, hydrographic surveys, surveillance, search and rescue, force transportation, amphibious operations and humanitarian support missions.”

Isaga said that this is one way of showing support to the Cebu Provincial Government’s programs and projects in resuscitating industries heavily affected by the community quarantine.

“We just want the travel request to be filed earlier as we also have other operations such as the transport of locally stranded individuals (LSIs),” Isaga said.

An MRV was recently deployed to help control a fire which engulfed ro-ro ferry “Filipinas Dinagat” of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, rescuing around 50 crew members. (Eleanor Valeros)